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''[[caption-width-right:300:[-The future ain't what it used to be-].]]''
->''"And now the wheels of heaven stop\\
You feel the devil's riding crop\\
Get ready for the future:\\
It is murder."''\\
--'''Music/LeonardCohen''', "The Future"

One of the more common {{Alternate Timeline}}s. The heroes are sent into the near future (common intervals are 5, 10, and 20 years), and while they were gone the world became a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]], usually because [[TheBadGuyWins the villain(s)]] [[WorldDomination took over]]. Nine times out of ten the hero will meet LaResistance and/or FutureBadass versions of his friends who were left in the past, though they will of course usually appear older and/or more haggard (due in part to them being present at, and possibly being part of every event which led up to this time). The plot typically ends with the characters going back in time so they can SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, so this future can never happen.

Conveniently, in many cases the catalyst that ruined the world was the absence of whoever was sent to the future. Thus all the heroes have to do to fix things is return to the present.

Technically {{Dystopia}}n, but doesn't fit that trope description well as it's usually ascribable to a single villain-related event. It's a good (or cheap, depending on the execution) way of becoming DarkerAndEdgier and adding tension while working under StatusQuoIsGod. If a series gives only a brief glimpse of the BadFuture instead of actually going there, it may be StoryboardingTheApocalypse. If the villain manages the first step towards its creation, he's made a VillainWorld.

If this happens to a character from the past to "[[LikeRealityUnlessNoted our]]" future, then they've entered a BadPresent. If the reason the bad future is so bad is because TheBadGuyWins, it's a VillainWorld. Sometimes the characters find out about the Bad Future via an OminousMessageFromTheFuture rather than {{Time Travel}}ling themselves.

[[InvertedTrope Good Future]] variations are practically unknown, since knowing that the future is going to turn out okay removes any dire need for the characters to change things in the present. They do sometimes appear as an epilogue to show that the heroes did in fact succeed in changing the future.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''{{Noein}}'' has two bad futures. Shangri'la, an empty world created solely to bring about the convergence of all other time spaces, and La'Cryma, a battered world that is under assaulted by Shangri'la.
** There is a possible future shown wherein [[spoiler: Haruka is dead/gone/something?/out-of-picture, Yuu is away at school, Ai loses use of one leg and nearly commits suicide, Isami loses his parent(s) and becomes a delinquent then loses an eye and is about to commit murder in revenge, and Miho has gone insane and is also on the verge of suicide. The murder is prevented by sending (Young) Yuu to Isami, to remind Isami of who he really is, and tell him that Ai needs him. Isami then comes running to the roof of the hospital to stop Ai. Miho is brought back by Atori, of all people. By Shangrila's space-time power, and Haruka's power as the Dragon Torque, it is HIGHLY LIKELY that if they'd died in this alternate future vision, they would be dead. Permanently. Half the main cast was almost wiped out.]] It is also somewhat implied that this future is similar to Lachryma's past.
** Additionally, BigBad Noein is [[spoiler: Yuu / Karasu]] from an alternate future where every other main character was wiped out in a car crash. Even their TEACHER.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Roughly half of the cast is dead or about to be exterminated, 10 years from the "present". The 9 previous years were apparently peaceful and prosperous, though.
** Subverted that this is actually the best future out of ''8 trillion''. The guardians are still alive, the world has yet to be conquered by the BigBad, the invention of the Vongola Boxes and [[spoiler:Vongola Decimo is still alive!]]
* Rare inverted example in Manga/MiraiNikki, where a [[spoiler: parallel dimension is created]], and through a series of events, the survival game is prevented, and everyone's bad future is prevented. Reisuke's parents are still alive and happy together, Tsubaki has two loving parents who are still alive ''and'' the ReligionofEvil is actually a benevolent group, Yuno is a completely normal girl with friends, and Yuki doesn't even know her, having his own girlfriend as well.
* The future of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' universe is shown being bleak in ''ShinMazingerZero''. The premise of that spin-off is the world and the entire mankind have been burnt to ashes [[spoiler:by a Mazinger-Z turned EldritchAbomination]] in the future, and RobotGirl Minerva-X sends ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' back in time to save everybody. However they are locked into a GroundhogPeggySue loop since Kouji has failed every time so far, and Minerva keeps sending him back because she can trust no one else. They have repeated the same cycle almost three thousand times when the series starts, so it seems not matter what Kouji does, the world is doomed.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi and his team are sent forward a week by a time-trap, arriving in a world where the mastermind succeeded in busting the {{masquerade}} [[TheUnmasquedWorld wide open]]. [[TimeyWimeyBall Naturally, this doesn't stop Negi]], who finds a way back to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Quite arguably]] (and this was a source of much angst for Negi), this was actually a ''Good'' Future (for the world as a whole, at least; less so for the main cast).
** Wherever[=/=]whenever Chao came from counts as well. She and her compatriots never mentioned it, downplaying it as something relatively trivial. Chapter 298 reveals that it's ''far'' from trivial: [[spoiler:a horrible, century-long war between Earth-born and Mars-born humans, brought about by Mundus Magicus' collapse]].
* The Future Trunks timeline from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was this type of future, where humanity is struggling to survive and the Androids have wiped out just about all the heroes in existence. The FutureBadass's reason for going back in time is NOT to prevent the timeline from ever coming to pass (since his paradox-resistant time travel creates tangent universes that unfold independently of the original timeline).[[note]]One of the reasons why the BadFuture doesn't happen in the main timeline are the androids themselves. They are ''stronger'' than Trunks' counterparts, but they are not AxCrazy {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s like them and they are not interested in killing people besides of Goku, but they probably wouldn't kill him, because the reason they pursuit him in the first place is that they want to entertain themselves and Goku is the strongest person on earth they haven't fought.[[/note]] During a flashback, he informs the others that Bulma, the mastermind behind his trip, had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewzi45xuuzU two objectives]]:\\
1) She wanted Trunks to fight and explore the past with Son Goku and co. in order to learn about the Androids and find as many weaknesses as possible.\\
2) If objective number one proved to not be enough, Trunks wanted to have Goku come to the future with him so Goku could defeat the androids for them.\\
Fortunately, with the power boost he gained from training in the past, Trunks is finally able to destroy the androids... and even Cell, who without the androids can't reach his perfect form.
* The intro to the first episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. It was possibly initially intended to be a flash-forward to later events in the series, but with the direction the series eventually took it instead appears to show one of these: [[spoiler:Namely, one in which Simon failed to heed the Anti-Spirals and continued to abuse Spiral Energy, triggering a war between dimensions.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': [[spoiler: This is what the antagonists of the Infinity Arc were trying prevent. About 200 years after the protagonist's time, the human race had made considerable technological progress thanks to Momentum (a perpetual energy machine that uses Planetary Particles which respond to people's hearts), however they grew greedy, apathetic and conceited. This coupled with the overuse of Synchro Summons eventually caused the Momentum network to go out of control and self-destruct, recreating Zero Reverse on a much larger scale.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Erza attempts to perform a HeroicSacrifice in order to save all her friends. While doing so, however, she gets a brief glimpse of her own funeral where everyone is tearfully mourning for her, and Natsu, who witnesses her sacrifice, refusing to accept her death and having to be restrained when he flips out--naturally, this is far from the future Erza intended. [[spoiler:Natsu averts this future by saving Erza before she can carry out her sacrifice]].
** Narrative flash forwards during the Grand Magic Games arc suggest one's looming on the horizon where something really bad will go down after the Games' conclusion, resulting in at least the destruction of Fiore's royal castle and the death of several guild members.
** Later on in the arc, it is revealed that there are two - both involving humanity being driven to near-extinction by [[spoiler:Dragons]]. The first has [[spoiler:10,000 dragons emerge from Eclipse, destroying everything in their path (Future Lucy's future)]]. The second has [[spoiler:the Dragon King Acnologia conquer the world (Future Rogue's future)]]. The first one was averted with [[spoiler:Eclipse's destruction and the resulting paradox]]. As for the second, well, it remains to be seen.
* It's not exactly clear what happened to the world between the present day and the distant future of ''{{Psyren}}''.... But seeing as how the end result was an uninhabitable wasteland swarming with horrific monsters, it can't have been anything good.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' Chibi-usa comes back to the present to get help in order to save her own time. The Senshi end up travelling forward with her and fighting the evil force which has invaded Future!Earth. Becomes a bit of a TimeyWimeyBall since there is a lot of travel between the present and the future, both by heroes and by villains, and Present!Mamoru and Usagi learn things which ought to help them avert the BadFuture in the first place, but apparently they don't because they need to go forward in order to learn them.
* In {{Eureka Seven Ao}}, the Scub Burst created by the Secrets and Scub Coral have eventually ended the human civilization by the year 12021 at the end of episode 22. It is unknown if this ruined future is the same world as the original TV series or AO's world, and is not known whether did Ao firing the final shot of the Quartz cannon averted this future from happening.
* The entirety of ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' is one to the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', sort of. It's a different universe with different people and Mobile Suit designs, but events pretty much play out exactly the same way right up until the point things get pear-shaped and [[ColonyDrop all the space colonies fall on Earth]].
* In ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'', Hatou [[spoiler: dies young and in not-so-nice ways in many of the parallel worlds.]]
** Ultimately, despite having characteristics that could make one consider it as a "good life", any future that doesn't have her achieving her goal of finding Alice is considered bad and a rejected possibility.
* In the 2001 series of {{Cyborg 009}}, it turns out that [[spoiler: the Psychic Assassins come from one of these... where Black Ghost has taken over the world. When Joe/009 lands in it with Leena and she tells him what's going on, he suffers a ''severe'' HeroicBSOD.]]
* It's more of an immediate future than most, but [[spoiler: Kira's Bites The Dust ability]] in Part 4 of ''JojosBizarreAdventure'' ends up causing one where the entire main cast dies, while the one inadvertently causing it to go off and getting stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop as a result has to find a way to stop it before the ability is canceled and the Bad Future is made permanent.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' "ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast" storyline ("This issue: Everyone Dies!", which, in the future, they did) acted as TropeCodifier and germinated a thousand similar plots in other {{superhero}} comics both related to and independent of the X-Men books.
** The "Here Comes Tomorrow" storyline from the end of Grant Morrison's run on X-Men.
** The spin-off title ''NewMutants'' did this several times, as one of the characters was a time-traveler with less than perfect control.
** It is telling that one of the ''nicest'' futures seen in X-Books was in the miniseries ''X-Men: The End'', where the school is reduced to a crater with most of the students still inside and half the X-Men die in battle with old enemies and alien invaders. The latter part is revealed to be an interview with [[spoiler:U.S. President Katherine Pryde]]. That's not even going into the aforementioned "Days of Future Past", or, in the [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} first animated series]], "Time Fugitives", where the initial efforts to prevent a disaster in the past lead to an even ''worse'' future.
** The world of ''EarthX'' falls under this trope ([[SlidingTimeScale sort of]]), and notably has Angel discuss the "Days of Future Past" storyline which is nearly its opposite. He suspects their attempts to avert that future actually made things worse. "Living our days in fears of futures now past is no way to live."
* ''OldManLogan'': the RedSkull rules the world, all the heroes are either dead, in hiding, given up or just plain corrupt (TheHulk has become the vile patriarch of a sizeable clan of inbred cannibalistic deformed hick offspring), and the world is pretty much a PostApocalyptic wasteland.
* ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' (the comic) does this in the "Titans of Tomorrow" arc, in which [[FutureMeScaresMe the Titans themselves are the villains who took over]].
** There's also a storyline in the 90s involving a group of Titans going into the past to kill Donna Troy and prevent the birth of Lord Chaos. Lord Chaos created this dystopic world where he controls everything with drugs.
* The comic book series ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' was pretty much a view of what would happen if there was a world without Batman for twenty years. The villains pretty much mind control all of the heroes, and of course, Batman is the only one who can set everything right again.
* ''TheTriganEmpire'' had a StoryArc in which a humble herdsman found himself in a BadFuture in which yet another treacherous military officer (where ''did'' they keep coming from?) had killed off the imperial family and become dictator. He later got home and had to prevent the BadFuture coming to pass (symbolic first gesture, uprooting a sapling that he had seen grown to a tree in the future).
* The ''Rhythms of Darkness'' story in the Marvel ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' comic.
* In Grant Morrison's [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] story "Rock of Ages", destroying the eponymous rock results in a Bad Future where "Darkseid is". (In complete control of Earth and slowly rooting out the survivors, having laid waste to New Genesis, that is.)
* Alan Moore's {{Spawn}}[=/=]WildCATS miniseries is entirely based on this trope. Spawn and the [=WildCATS=] get thrown into the future where the world is ruled by a tyrannical super-sorcerer and most of our heroes are secretly fighting against him. The twist is that Spawn himself turns out to be the tyrant, having been given the idea by visiting this future in the first place. Our heroes manage to undo the bad future when [[spoiler: Spawn finds out one of the resistance members is actually his ex-wife's daughter, and then she dies a moment later. Spawn promises to never let that happen, which undoes the timeline. But of course, it just means even MORE angst for ol' Spawny.]]
* At one point in an [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] and Comicbook/PowerPack crossover, the Pack gets thrown into one of these by Kang, where they meet BadAss-looking future versions of themselves.
* Waverider of the DCComics crossover series {{Armageddon 2001}} traveled from the future of 2030 to find the superhero that will become the [[FallenHero Monarch]]. The Monarch rules the Earth with an iron fist and controls everything. This one subverts the premise by having a character from the bad future go back to the present, instead of sending present day characters to the future.
* The JusticeSocietyOfAmerica had one involving ThoseWackyNazis.
** In All-Star Comics #35 Per Degaton changes history so humanity's technology regresses back. Green Lantern is sent 10 years into the future by Degaton (who was trying to send him 10,000) and finds an America ruled by Degaton where the Justice Society are freedom fighters.
* The UK ''SonicTheComic'' seemed to ''love'' playing with this.
** There's a strange example of this trope: early in the run the heroes find themselves transported TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, into a world where Robotnik now rules... and stay there, struggling for the majority of the rest of the comic's run to defeat and overthrow Robotnik.
** There's also a plot where Robotnik tried to make an evil Sonic clone, which ages way, ''way'' too fast. He still finds a use for it, though, by deliberately semi-invoking BadFuture, making it believe it's from a future where Sonic's overconfidence gets the resistance killed, and somehow came back to try and warn Sonic of what's coming.
** Other instances included a played straight BadFuture involving a race of Metal Sonics taking over, and a Bad Future-esque ''Present'' that came about by Robotnik managing to become a god, and [[WonderfulLife deleting Sonic]] [[RetGone from history]].
* In the American ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic, we get glimpses of the time period Silver comes from (200 years after the time the main series is set in) - an unexplained disaster has destroyed almost the entire world, except a few scattered pockets of civilization, and Silver is constantly going back in time to try and find the cause of this disaster so that he can [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong undo it]]. At one point, he stumbled onto an AlternateUniverse that was an even ''worse'' BadFuture than his, one where Knuckles became the evil [[PhysicalGod Enerjak]] and killed almost everyone on the planet - main cast included - leaving only a handful of [[LaResistance rebels]] fighting him.
** As Silver's story progressed, we do find out what happened: a traitor against the Freedom Fighters finally killed the heroes and helped bring about the end of the world. However, because of how things went, no one knows who did so. Harvey Who ultimately helps Silver piece everything together: [[spoiler:It was Princess Sally, in her roboticized form of Mecha Sally, who killed the Freedom Fighters. There was no traitor - just that he had no idea what roboticization was.]]
** There's also the alternate future that Eggman -- originally Robo-Robotnik -- came from. Among other things, his last act before coming to Mobius Prime was to ''nuke'' the world.
** The ''[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture X Years Later]]'' timeline, after being [[CosmicRetcon altered]] so that [[KnightTemplar King Shadow]] was in charge, became one of these.
* In the ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer book "The Time Trap", our hero gets sent to the far future after a great war where everything is in ruins and huge war machines litter the landscape.
* The IncredibleHulk was once pulled into a bad future where, after a global nuclear war killed most of the world's superheros, the Hulk himself, having renamed himself the Maestro, had taken over, having gone insane due to the massive amounts of radiation he absorbed during the war.
* In the [[ComicBook/TheSupermanAdventures Superman Adventures]] comic "Yesterday's Man of Tomorrow", Mxy convinces Superboy that this will result if he tries to become a superhero (alleging that he will become a KnightTemplar). Unsurprisingly, this is the result when the young Kryptonian is convinced and exiles himself from Earth.
* The death of [[NobleDemon The Raider]] creates one in PaperinikNewAdventures: his son is convinced it was all Paperinik's fault and swear to destroy him:fifteen years later Paperinik's SecretIdentity is revelead to the world and he is a ''wanted terrorist'',his hideout was bombed down,[[RobotGirl Lyla]] was deactivated,the TimePolice was shut down and its job given to a society at the order of [[TheSyndicate The Organization]]...and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Angus is running for President]].
* DC's [[ComicBook/TheNew52FuturesEnd Future's End]] event deals with not one but ''two'' bad futures. The first is one where Brother Eye has taken over the world with its OMAC drones, and the second is set [[ExtyYearsFromNow five years into "our" future]], where a lot of bad things have already happened, including a GreatOffscreenWar between two universes, several major superheroes being killed off, and Mr Terrific [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has become]] [[TookALevelInJerkass a jerk]].
* ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'': The Apocalypse Twins were raised in potential future where the RedSkull succeeded in turning the world against mutants, leading to them being rounded up into concentration camps. And if it's anything like the Skull's StoryboardingTheApocalypse moment Issue 4, this is just part of a plan to get the world to start sliding down the slippery slope into a fascistic PoliceState.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Heavily implied for Silver and Blaze in ''Blog/AlwaysHavingJuice''; Blaze specifically states that she was the only source of heat for miles, and the only thing Silver has ever “said” about his situation was a wordless image of him sitting alone in what appears to be a very large bookshelf.
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' chapter "Epilogue" depicts one of these ruled by [[EvilOverlord Discord]] where the Mane Cast never broke free of his power. Not only are they now his immortal servants, Twilight is now TheDragon and the dead rising from the grave to eat their loved ones happens ''a lot''. That is, before [[HopeSpringsEternal Twilight's hope is restored]] and [[HeelFaceTurn she is redeemed.]]
** Then there's [[spoiler:the futures [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]] has created during her GroundhogDayLoop plan, which manage to be {{Bad Future}}s ''for'' the BadFuture! The worst of which involved Spike, Luna, and Applejack sacrificing themselves to beat Discord, Derpy dying of RapidAging when Discord is beaten by the Elements, breaking his spells, Celestia died protecting Twilight from Rarity, who'd given into her greed and tried to take Twilight's Element by force forcing Twilight to kill her, Queen Tiamat and the Dragons had died in the battle, the Changelings have been wiped out, and actually using the Elements had caused a massive cataclysm. All this was what forced that Twilight over the edge into accepting Paradox's offer to [[FutureMeScaresMe become her]]. And that's just ''one'' out of what's most likely ''billions'' of bad ends Paradox's scheme has seen happen!]]
** According to the ghost of Twilight and Shining Armor's uncle, this would be the result of either [[HumanoidAbomination Makarov]] or [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]] succeeding in absorbing or erasing (respectfully) Shining -- without him in existence, [[TheEmpire the Hooviet Empire]], under Makarov's command, would spread out and conquer the entire world, even Equestria, leaving everything at Makarov's nonexistent mercy. And there's the fact that [[spoiler: without Shining Armor, the Reharmonized timeline would become the Dark World timeline.]]
** The Wedding Arc has Cadence receiving a vision of what will happen if Chrysalis succeeds in her plans -- [[spoiler: ripping out the emotions of everything in Equestria, absorbing them and [[AGodAmI becoming a being more powerful than Discord]], using that power to reshape the world to her want, and leaving everything as her twisted puppets]].
* Another fairly common ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic scenario to set a story in one of these in which the Sonic Rainboom never happened, meaning that the Mane 6 never became friends, most of them are depressed, and Nightmare Moon will probably/already has won.
* ''Fanfic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'' manages to do this, incredibly, to ''Warhammer40K'', which is already a BadFuture for our entire galaxy. 10,000 years after everything's [[JustBeforeTheEnd already on the verge of collapse]], humanity's primary HopeSpot not only died but was [[CameBackWrong horribly warped]], the BigBad won for awhile, and two more forces merged and ''ate half the galaxy.'' And then the author did a [[Fanfic/TheAgeOfDusk sequel]] for ''[[UpToEleven that]]''.
* ''Fanfic/HumanCuriosity'' has this for ''AxisPowersHetalia.'' Much of the plot takes place in the early 22nd Century where most of the Nations mysteriously vanished a century before.
* ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'', by ''[=TonicPlotter=]'', adapted from a [[http://astringe.deviantart.com/gallery/41135018 series of images]] by an artist on Website/DeviantArt that were designed to be this trope distilled through a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' setting -- at some point, Princess Celestia died, followed by Twilight Sparkle and Princess Luna engaging in a fight that [[DoomedHometown destroyed Ponyville]], killing or scattering its inhabitants; the other bearers of the Elements of Harmony are missing, presumed dead; Twilight, now [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]], has turned Equestria into a totalitarian PoliceState[=/=][[TheEmpire Empire]]; and formerly sweet and kind characters have grown to be either [[FaceHeelTurn villains]], {{Anti Hero}}es, or have lost everything they care about.
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': The Mirror of Despair traps [[spoiler: Tohru]] in a vision of one of these — the heroes managed to defeat Wong, only for [[EnemyWithin the Queen]] to take [[FallenHero control of Jade]], and use the Shadowkhan to kill the other heroes and take over the world. San Francisco is shown to be in ruins, with the humans there being emotionally broken down slaves, and it's implied it's like this everywhere.
* ''Fanfic/CrossoverChaos'': A big war breaks out, killing millions of people. Killer actually DIES and then gets revived [[spoiler: without his immortality, leading him to age like a normal person]], Hawkeye turns into a full on robot, [[spoiler: and becomes completely emotionless]], BJ goes completely insane, Klinger goes blind [[spoiler: but still manages to be badass]], and WordOfGod says [[spoiler: Equestria is gone, and everyone in it DEAD]]. This is what Killer's future self comes to the present to warn his present self about. [[spoiler: There's also a good future, but we haven't seen it yet. It's only implied.]]
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' has "Future Shock," which is much darker than the show, with scientists essentially being lobotomized. This also extends to the future versions of Mega Man's family.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheFutureUncertain'': Magic is now a crime against humanity in this world.
* In the ''[[FanFic/TwilightThenTwilightNowUniverse Firehooves Cycle]]'', the basic premise is that a DarkerAndEdgier take on [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony G1]] is actually the far future of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic G4]], after a series of {{Gotterdammerung}} events.
* From FanFic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls, Bart Allen travels through time again, only this time, he only jumps 5 years forward in time, leading to a world under the rule of Darkseid. The earth's people are mostly enslaved, and his rule in enforced by parademons, Suicide Jockeys, [[spoiler: the supermartian child of superboy and mrs. martian and the evil Wally West.]] LaResistance is by necessity a band of teenagers, the justice league was killed off a few years before, and overall, it's just like how Bart's distant future was [[spoiler: under the reach]].
* In still another ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' example, the DeadFic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45650/time-waits-for-no-mare Time Waits For No Mare]]'' features Applejack flung about three centuries into one of these by (naturally) a botched spell by Twilight Sparkle. During the interim, Twilight apparently became obsessed with a longevity spell (forbidden because it works proportionately to the amount of magic inside its recipients, so it would inevitably stratify the pony tribes if widely used), [[FaceHeelTurn went mad with magic and/or power (not to mention guilt)]], became an alicorn somehow, [[TakenForGranite petrified Princess Celestia]] (and drove off Luna) when the Princesses tried to dissuade her from casting the longevity spell, [[TheStarscream and took over as Chancellor of Equestria]] (although it is implied there may have been more to her story). [[FromBadToWorse Then the griffons invaded and the zebras started playing both sides against each other.]] The end result: earth ponies herded as slaves by long-lived pegasi, all lorded over by far-longer lived unicorns, all of these mostly stuck in one megacity surrounded by old warzones and balanced on a diplomatic knife's edge between the neighboring griffon and zebra territories.
* Another [[SeriesHiatus long-delayed]] fic, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/4140/repercussions Repercussions]]'', involves the Mane 6 using a spell to visit the bodies of their future selves. Again, Twilight has apparently [[spoiler:been re-Discorded and]] assassinated Celestia and Luna before taking over, with Pinkie her [[TheDragon Dragon]] driven [[PsychoForHire insane]] by [[spoiler:the death of her family during the initial rebellion]], Rarity a successful but corrupt fashion superstar who uses Pinkie to eliminate the competition [[spoiler:and somehow helped with the coup]], Rainbow Dash the star of the Wonderbolts but far more of a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] {{Jerkass}}, and Fluttershy [[spoiler:also having helped kill Celestia in revenge for Angel Bunny dying from an accident with the Princess's chariot]]. (Applejack is relatively normal, and Spike [[spoiler:is the leader of LaResistance]].) [[spoiler:The present ponies become more involved once the spell goes wrong (of course) and materialize in their own bodies.]] It is worth noting that, rather than the direct future of the travelers, this is ''technically'' an alternate universe ala ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' ([[ShoutOut "quantum foam" and all]]).
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* An abandoned concept in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' featured Jafar wishing that he "''always was Sultan''", resulting in a BadPresent for Agrabah. The artists ''loved'' [=BadFuture!Agrabah=], but the TimeyWimeyBall was too much for the writers to get around.
** They got to use it in [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the TV series]] though: villain Abis Mal goes back in time, teams up with his own ancestor Abnor Mal, and tries to replace the current sultan's family as founders of Agrabah. Both of them being [[HarmlessVillain rather inept]] however, their plan does not work and is, as always, foiled by Aladdin.
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', with the alternate future ruled by a robotic ''bowler hat''. Specifically, when the Bowler Hat Guy takes credit for Lewis's Memory Scanner, he unwittingly helps Doris and her demonic, robotic bowler-hat offspring destroy the bubblegum neo-fifties {{Zeerust}} future in favor of a {{dystopia}}n future. Bonus points for a FutureBadass mind-controlled Robinson family. You can tell they're Future Badass because all the women wear black lipstick.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* One of those rare inversions drives the plot of ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'': the good future is in danger of ''not'' happening if Bill and Ted don't get to start their band.
* Averted in ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part II'' in 2015. The filmmakers stated that they didn't want to just rip off ''Film/BladeRunner'' and wanted to get people out of that sort-of grim mindset, so they portrayed the future as a generally nice place to live, though not perfect, and that any trouble was caused by the people (like Griff) there, not technology. Also, they knew that whatever they showed would likely become [[{{Zeerust}} badly dated or inaccurate]] as the ''real'' 2015 came around, so they just [[RuleOfFunny made it all into jokes]]. The BadPresent, on the other hand...
* The ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' movie ''God Speed Love'' is set in such a future. The meteor that brought the Worms to Earth was much larger than in the series and as a result vaporized Earth's oceans and turned the entire planet into a desert wast land and to make matters worse, [[spoiler: an evil Kamen Rider exclusive to the movie wants to let the Worms take over the world]]. Interestingly, this was actually the [[spoiler: original future and the series timeline is caused by the title character going back in time.]]
* In ''TimeChasers'' Nick goes to the future with Lisa the first time and it looks like our time with a few futuristic looking touches. On his second visit to the same time period, he finds the world was ravaged by Time Travel used as a weapon (as a result of his having signed up with the CorruptCorporateExecutive for more funding.) The rest of the plot is him trying to undo his mistake. Due to the movie's abysmally low budget, the future is more "really rather messy I guess and peoples' faces are dirty" than the "there is an ongoing armed conflict and only killers survive" they were going for.
* The premise of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' is preventing a horrific dystopian future by changing past events.
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has two different BadFuture plots. In book #7, the Ellimist shows them a future in which the Yeerks had taken over; they had all been made Controllers, except Tobias, who was eaten by the others (This book took place before he regained his morphing ability, so he was useless as a host. They complain that he was a "bit stringy," but good with barbecue sauce). In book #41, Jake wakes up in another Yeerk-controlled BadFuture; in that one, the characters' fates are more varied. Ax is dead, Tobias is stuck in Ax morph, Cassie is a Controller involved in the resistance, Marco is a Controller who leads the yeerk forces on Earth, Jake is a regular Controller, and Rachel was severely injured in battle and is now paralyzed, somehow unable to morph.
* In a strange example, everything after the Chaos War in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' universe ''is'' the bad future. We know this because in the War of Souls trilogy Tasslehoff mentions visiting a much better future on a previous trip through time.
* In ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'', Bad Futures are called "Projections." Charles Wallace and the flying Unicorn occasionally get blown into them.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' features [[spoiler: a possible bad future, observed during Aviendha's final tests to become a Wise One. It seems that her descendants become embroiled in a war with the Seanchan Empire, who have acquired gunpowder weapons, conquered Tar Valon and subjugated the rest of the world. Decades or centuries later, the once-proud warrior Aiel have been reduced to scavengers living off the refuse of the Seanchan and their vassals.]]
* Averted in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', where part of Bobby's quest in the third book involves talking to a contact from the year 5010, which is a nice time to live. [[spoiler:Played straight later on, when Saint Dane's meddling changes timelines in multiple territories.]]
* ''Literature/TheCandyShopWar'' features one near the end of the book. It's only a few days or so in the future, but so powerful is the villain's corrupting influence--which they've spent the past several days building up--that they've already got one town completely under their control, and the rest of the world isn't far off.
* The Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer serial novel, ''The Lost Slayer'' had Buffy make a tactical mistake trying to rescue Giles, then get sent five years into the future, to her older self's body, to see a world where Sunnydale was ruled by vampires-with Giles as their king.
* ''Literature/DarkFuture'': The title gives it away, doesn't it? A FallenStatesOfAmerica riven by environmental collapse, ruled by corrupt politicians and being edged closer to destruction by [[ReligionOfEvil The Church of The Path Of Joseph]].
* ''Literature/TheForeverWar'': The effects of the war cause Earth to fall further and further into chaos, getting more and more [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] as the war drags on - every time Mandella returns to Earth from one of his deployments [[TimeDilation light years away]], he becomes more and more estranged.
* In ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', the Ghost Of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge the future consequences of his miserly ways: Tiny Tim dies, the deceased Scrooge's belongings are pawned off for chump change, everyone rejoices and no one mourns at his death, and he is buried in a neglected corner of the cemetery.
* The hero of the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is given a number of visions of what will happen if he fails to defeat the Malwa. They range from the horrific to the apocalyptic.
* Clover Lappina of ''Literature/SpectralShadows'' gets a vision of one of these for Suburbia, and how she can be the cause of it.
* In ''ASoundOfThunder'' by Creator/RayBradbury, while in the lobby of the Time Safari company, the characters discuss the recent presidential elections in which moderate Keith has defeated Deutscher, who is apparently a fascist. At the end, after they return to the present and main character Eckels discovers that he [[ButterflyEffect accidentally stepped on a butterfly in the Cretaceous]], which has resulted in an alternate timeline in which Deutscher won. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also, everything is spelled phonetically.]]
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* In Gene Roddenberry's ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', about halfway through season 2, Trance Gemini swaps herself for another her from a bad future, who has come to help avoid making the same mistakes that led to her bad future, although by doing so, she might as well have made things worse.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a partial example (bad, but not exactly the future) in the Season Three episode "The Wish". Cordelia's wish for Buffy to have never come to Sunnydale is granted by a spirit: Sunnydale's population lives in terror of the vampires, Xander and Willow are bloodsuckers (and particularly brutal ones, at that), Oz and Giles are members of a ragtag and badly outnumbered resistance, [[BigBad The Master]] is still around, Angel is his mentally broken prisoner, and a now Cleveland-based Buffy is a rude, apathetic jerk. The episode ends with all the above (including Cordelia!) dead but for Oz, Giles, and The Master before Giles can undo the wish.
* The future that Chris comes from in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
** An earlier episode has the sisters use an embarrassing spell on a JerkAss guy for his dog's actions. Then they end up in the BadFuture as their older selves and see that this one act has resulted in the guy [[BrokenMasquerade revealing the existence of witches]] and becoming a powerful politician winning on the platform of BurnTheWitch. One of the sisters is accused of murdering a {{Muggle}} with magic and sentenced to [[KillItWithFire death by fire]]. Worse, as they find out from a security footage, she actually did it. In the end, the guilty sister chooses to allow herself to burn as punishment for her crime. This future is, presumably, averted after all three return to their time and undo the spell on the JerkAss guy.
* The "Remedial Chaos Theory" episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' has an alternate timeline in which Pierce is dead, Annie has gone insane, Jeff's lost an arm, Shirley is an alcoholic, Troy lost his voicebox and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Britta has a blue streak in her hair.]] Things got dark.
* While it isn't quite a traditional BadFuture ''Series/DoctorWho'' story, "The Dalek Invasion of Earth," the second appearance of the Daleks in ''Series/DoctorWho'', has just about all of the standard features of one. It showed a 22nd century Earth ruled by Daleks. This has gotten enshrined in the {{Whoniverse}} as ''the'' future, but the later "Day of the Daleks" showed ''another'' 22nd century dominated by Daleks, which did get undone. (The "Day of the Daleks" future happened following a nuclear war in the 20th century.)
** When the Master took over the world in the Series 3 SeasonFinale, a TimeSkip between episodes and the ultimate ResetButton are very reminiscent of a typical Bad Future plot.
** The Time War in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor novels]] (not to be confused with the Time Lords - Daleks Time War in the RTD TV series) is a Bad Future for the whole ''Doctor Who'' universe and Time Lords in particular that gets averted in "The Ancestor Cell".
** The series is built on time travel and has been going off and on since 1963. This trope has come up a LOT, even if many were just minor instances.
** In several stories the Doctor shows why they can't just leave even if they have seen the future. They have become part of events and need to see them through. This is first done in ''Pyramids of Mars'' when Sarah Jane says they can leave 1911, where PhysicalGod Sutekh is about to break free, as they know the world wasn't destroyed in 1911. The Doctor takes her to 1980 and shows the world has been destroyed as they weren't there to stop Sutekh, therefore they need to go back and stop him.
** The audio drama ''The Mutant Phase'' has a similar event to the ''Day of the Daleks'', a [[spoiler:StableTimeLoop]] causing an alternate future where the Daleks are mutating into creatures even more dangerous then them.
** And in the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover comic Assimilation2 the 11th Doctor shows Picard that if the Cybermen take over the Borg they will end up assimilating all humanity.
** A minor instance but in "The Space Museum", possibly the first use of TimeyWimeyBall in Doctor Who, the First Doctor and his companions accidently see a future where they are exhibits in a Museum to the Morok Empire on the planet Xeros.
** "The Girl who Waited" has Amy Pond accidently get trapped in a faster time stream on Apalapucia. By the time the Doctor and Rory get to her she is 36 years older. They are able to rescue Amy 36 years previously, at the cost of the older Amy allowing herself to be [[RetGone erased from existence]].
** "The Curse of Fenric" has the Doctor claim half a million years of industrial progress has led to a polluted world where humans have evolved into Haemovores, aquatic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]. The Doctor convinces the final Haemovore to avert a StableTimeLoop in poisoning the seas and instead destroy Fenric. However it is left unclear if this future has been averted or staved off.
** "The Name of the Doctor" has the Doctor visit his grave on Trenzalore, a planet devastated by his final battle.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s season-concluding Epitaph episodes show us the logical conclusion of all the brain-warping technology.
** "Epitaph One": To put it simply, [[spoiler:if you get too close to any form of technology, there is a good chance you will be affected by a "signal" that wipes your memory and imprints you with simple orders to "kill everyone who isn't programmed to kill everyone."]] That's not even the worst part.
** "Epitaph Two: Return" and the end of the previous episode establish that the Bad Future is [[spoiler:the canon ending of the series, and even after Topher's HeroicSacrifice to restore everyone's original minds, the world is still a post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld. And the weaponized Dollhouse tech is still out there...]]
* ''DoubleTheFist'' shows us one in the second to last episode where Steve has taken over the world and punishes people for being weak (which entails such things as reading and being comfortable) and uses Womp as the symbol of Weakness. Subverted in that this future apparently comes to be, and that within the context of the show, this is a good thing.
* ''Series/TheFlash'' television series had a particularly contrived version of this, in which a villainous ''motorcycle gang leader'' became mayor of the city and somehow turned it into a repressive dystopia.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** Season 3 finale. The AlternateUniverse got destroyed, but instead of saving ours, it only makes things worse. Walternate is somehow alive and wants to destroy our universe as a revenge. Even opening credits become gray for this occasion.
** The end of the 4th season is even worse. How worse? The intro lists Joy, Individuality and Imagination amongst similar themes as fringe sciences. Unlike previous one, this appears to be a legitimate flash forward, without any sort of ResetButton hit. [[spoiler: It's hit in the series finale, but that takes a HeroicSacrifice from Walter.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', "Five Years Gone," after New York was blown up, and Sylar takes over the country. And then ''again,'' with the Shanti virus having wiped out most of humanity. Season Three ''starts off'' apparently averting one BadFuture and creating a new one. Though the series seems to be moving toward that future ''anyway'' - [[ProphecyTwist just by a different route]]. SuperRegistrationAct - done. Nathan "betraying his kind" - done. Sylar posing as Nathan - done. And with Daphne dead and Hiro BroughtDownToNormal, nobody can SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong ''this'' time. [[spoiler:As of Season 4 the registration act is gone, Hiro is getting better (his powers are anyway), and it's getting more and more likely that Matt is going to change Sylar back.]]
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' has an episode that follows this trope. In the 'bad future' Richard and Cara are thrown into, the confessor/wizard combo son of [[BigBad Darken Rahl]] and Kahlan Amnell goes on to confess the entire world into being his thralls of darkness. It's left up to Richard and Cara to [[TeethClenchedTeamwork put aside their differences]] to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong find a way home]].
* The {{Flash Forward}}s on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' are fairly dystopian, with characters hallucinating (maybe), trying to commit suicide, being killed, and going crazy. Unfortunately for them, all of the flashforwards have now happened in the present, making this BadFuture the canonical bad past in the show's current present time.
* ''NoOrdinaryFamily'' has Stephanie trying to prevent one by changing [[ForWantOfANail one small action]] by Jim.
* This is where Matt Anderson comes from in ''{{Primeval}}''. He came back to the present to try to keep it from happening. Before that, Helen Cutter tries, in her own way, to prevent one from happening, except [[spoiler:her attempts, including killing her husband who has just saved her life, are likely to make things ''worse'']].
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' uses this trope at least once in series 6, episode 6 (Out of Time) [[spoiler: where the crew meets their future selves, refuse to become them, fight them, and are blown up by them.]] The series also inverts the trope once in series 1 episode 2 (Future Echos) and subverts the trope in Series 2 episode 4 (Stasis Leak). It was also used in the first episode of Series 7 (Tikka to Ride). There, by accidentally preventing the Kennedy assassination, they create a future where J. Edgar Hoover became president - and ended up in the Mafia's pocket. The end result was an America under nuclear threat where all major cities (or at least Dallas) were deserted.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Pavor Nocturnus. Though [[spoiler: it's likely to have been just a fabricated illusion.]]
* This is the ''cornerstone'' of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', as it's set in the {{Franchise/Terminator}} universe.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a future ruled by Zod, which Lois visited between Seasons 8 and 9, and which we finally saw in "Pandora".
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had an instance of this in the fourth season finale "The Last Man". Due to a freak solar flare, Sheppard went 48,000 years into the future where a hologram of Rodney informed him that due to his disappearance, the expedition fell apart and "Michael" took over the galaxy. To set it right, said hologram predicted when a similar flare would occur and sent him back a few days after his accident.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has the paired episodes '2010' and '2001'. The first takes place entirely ''in'' the bad future, with them eventually sending a message back to the 'present'. It looks like they succeeded, but then two seasons later they run into the same bad guys again, fortunately someone remembers the old warning they got and that it might have been in reference to these new potential "friends". History looks like it's starting to repeat, but SG-1 recognises the threat and averts it.
** It says much [[GenreSavvy about the Stargate Command]] personnel that, when a note written in Colonel O'Neill's handwriting and splashed with Major Carter's blood comes out of the Stargate warning them of a BadFuture if they make contact with a particular planet, that they ''immediately'' take that advice to heart and lock the address out of the system without needing to see for themselves.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episodes "The End," reveals that, five years in the future, the Croatoan virus has turned almost everyone into violent, zombie-like killers, the United States is a veritable wasteland under Martial Law, Lucifer has gotten his perfect vessel and taken over, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Sarah Palin is President]]. Castiel's fallen, is sleeping with any woman he meets, as well as taking drugs. Bobby's dead. [[spoiler:Sam said yes to Lucifer.]] Dean's a bastard who sacrifices his friends. By the end, [[spoiler:future!Dean, future!Castiel and Bobby]] are all dead, with Lucifer pointing out that it will always end here and he will always win. However, because Dean was sent there by an angel who clearly had ulterior motives, it has been suggested that Dean was instead sent to a PocketDimension designed specifically to convince him to [[spoiler:take the offer to become Michael's vessel]].
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has one for fantasy writers.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]", has the ''Enterprise'''s most recent namesake get brought forward from the past due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie. The very act of the ''Enterprise'' C not being where she was supposed to be, [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed in battle in four-to-one odds defending a Klingon colony from the Romulans]], means that the Federation and the Klingon Empire have spent the last two decades at war, which the Federation is on the verge of losing entirely. A partial example, in that the setting is the 'present', but not an example of BadPresent, since the entire point is that the setting is a worse alternate to the 'real' history.
* A short-lived version pretty much ''every episode'' in ''Series/SevenDays''. Basically, Parker's job is to go back in time to the previous week and prevent something horrible from happening. Several episodes involve chrononauts from years in the future claiming that they have been sent to prevent a long-term example. As it is, we only have the word of the chrononauts that this is the case. One of them is determined to kill a female scientist who is supposed to discover the CureForCancer, which will mutate into a global plague. Another wants to assassinate a Muslim religious leader to prevent him from plunging the world into a new wave of terror ([[spoiler:this one turns out to be a demon of some sort trying to create a bad future]]).
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* The music video for Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "Another Way To Die" shows one where the entire world is ruled by corporations with the rest of humanity in worse conditions than people in concentration camps. As in the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} universe is a better world. It's illegal to garden or share in this post-apocalyptic wasteland.
* In {{Ludo}}'s RockOpera ''The Broken Bride,'' we get to see the Bad Future caused by the narrator messing around in the time stream.
* In Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man", a man time-travels and witnesses the Bad Future, but when traveling back to the present, he gets turned into Iron Man, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy who ends up causing the bad future.]]
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* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has a few plot points involving the Bad Future. Visionary came from the Bad Future to the past in order to prevent it, while Iron Legacy (from that same future)is what Legacy would become if Young Legacy was killed by Baron Blade. Chrono-Ranger was just a lawman from 1883 who was sent to the distant BadFuture where humanity was wiped out who's goal is to time travel and kill the monsters of the past before they take over the future.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The whole plot of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is based on preventing one of these by destroying Lavos before it destroys the world.
* Let's face it, [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic's]] world seems doomed to being buried in flames no matter what they do.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' uses a system of TimeTravel that sends Sonic into the Past or Future. Bad Future (The TropeNamer) is the result of completing a level without fixing Robotnik's screwing with the past, which results in a dystopia with broken and rusted machinery everywhere. [[InvertedTrope Good Future]] is a result of Sonic foiling Robotnik's plans and ends up with advances in technology and nature existing in harmony.
** If ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' had a sequel, it may have ended up this way as well.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' Silver travels back in time to stop the fiery monster Iblis from destroying the world.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicRivals 2'', Silver travels back in time to stop the fiery monster Ifrit from destroying the world. Although Silver states in the [[NintendoDS DS]] version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' that the future is a lot brighter now.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', the Time Eater can access alternate timelines, allowing [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Stardust Speedway (Bad Future)]] and [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Crisis City]] to be playable levels.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'' was almost entirely this: the heroes got sent to the far future where things were a bit messed up. Played with, as through the actions of the protagonists from the past the future ends up becoming a whole lot brighter, and after going back into the past to fight the TrueFinalBoss and averting the disaster that set off the BadFuture in the first place, the characters originally from the future go back to the same world they left, now an alternate timeline of its own.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal,'' on the other hand, ''starts'' you in the Bad Future, then later takes the hero/heroine back to the past to change it.
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Tides of Time'' has a few levels that take place in a future ruled by the [[PlanetLooters Vortex]]
** ''Ecco: Defender of the Future'' had ''three'' of them (though they were more {{Bad Present}}s than bad futures, but time travel caused the problem): Man's Nightmare (aka Humans Were Bastards), Dolphin's Nightmare (aka Dolphins Are Also Bastards), and the version where the foe won.
* The old text based game ''TimeQuest'' was pretty much a series of these. The bad guy was a fellow time traveler who apparently really hated the world and goes back and time and messes up a whole bunch of historical events. Failing to correct any one of them will result in a BadPresent /Future, all completely different. Ironically, only one should actually be possible at any given time, since the earliest unfixed event should negate all later ones.
** There are several text based games which use a similar concept. They tend to feature changes that you might expect to have generally positive results (along the lines of "let's kill Hitler off during World War I"), but it almost invariably turns out badly ([[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct since Hitler isn't around, someone even worse who also happens to be a military genius takes over instead]]... that kind of thing).
* This is the main plot of ''VideoGame/{{Jak II|Renegade}}'', where Jak & co are sent centuries ahead in time where Metal Heads (which entered their universe through the same portal that sent them ahead in time) have all but destroyed the planet and the few remaining cities are ruled by tyrants such as Baron Praxis and crime lords like Krew. Unusually, this bad future is never prevented from happening, and the characters opt to stay there because [[spoiler:it turns out that Jak and Samos were actually born in that future and their younger selves were sent into the past so that their older selves could defeat the Baron and the Metal Heads. No one ever seems to notice that this actually causes their world to be ruined, since Jak was the one who activated the gate that let the Metal Heads into their world in the first place.]]
* The NES role-playing game ''MagicOfScheherazade'' contains one of the first, if not ''the'' first, video game appearances of this trope. When the heroes visit a land threatened by a winter demon, and then use a [[TimeTravel time gate]] to jump thirty years into the future, they find that, according to future history, they vanished for thirty years. In the meantime, the demon won, and the world's now completely covered in ice.
* The ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' MMORPG has a mission in which the hero travels to a future in which the villains have won, as part of a story arc to prevent that from happening.
** ''CityOfVillains'' one-ups it with a story arc in which the villain travels to a future in which ''another villain'' has won, as part of a story arc to prevent that from happening. [[spoiler:There's also the part where the future is the result of the ''player's victory'', masterminded and usurped by the latter one. The EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is a result of said successful usurping.]]
* In the fangame ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance Mother: Cognitive Dissonance]]'', the Applehasers are forced to flee to the future in the Phase Distorter. [[spoiler: This is how you reach one of the Points of Power, the Abandoned Home, which is Ness's house due to being wiped from existence in a ruined Onett]].
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the dungeon End Time, in which players are sent to a future where Cataclysm's BigBad Deathwing has succeeded in destroying Azeroth, as part of a convoluted plan by the Dragon Aspects to kill him in the present. In this future, the OmnicidalManiac {{Cult}} has won, the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are free and everything is dead. The worst part? According to the Infinite Dragons (who try to stop the players from preventing this future), ''this isn't the worst possible outcome'', and that stopping Deathwing is only going to bring about worse ones...
* ''LegacyOfKain'' does this many times.
** First, ''Blood Omen'' takes place in a typical fantasy world. Then, the setting of the beginning of ''Soul Reaver'' is a vampire-ruled hell (or paradise, for a vampire) where humans are subjugated, the skies are blotted out by huge furnaces and there are apparently no trees (at least, ''Soul Reaver'' contains no plant life of any kind).
** Then, Raziel (for whom THAT bad future was actually a nice present) gets tossed into the Lake of the Dead to burn for eternity. He comes out some unspecified number of centuries later when the vampires are all gigantic, mutated monstrosities.
** In ''Soul Reaver 2'', Raziel travels into Nosgoth's past, which is a couple decades before the time of ''Blood Omen''. From there, he travels into the future, but only a hundred years or so. This bad future looks a little like the bad future of ''Soul Reaver'', but its badness seems to derive mostly from unpleasant weather and the building he time-travels in being abandoned, as well as demons running loose for some reason.
** In ''Blood Omen 2'', Kain gets KO-ed for 200 years and wakes up in a world ruled by an order of vampire hunters. Also, everything is grungy and the setting is Victorian with a side order of steampunk.
* ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' does this as its future setting, where Purple Tentacle's army has dominated the world and are holding humans as pets and prisoners.
* In ''VideoGame/SecondSight'', [[spoiler: John Vattic's adventures in the present are eventually revealed to be premonitions of a future where the mission to Dubrensk went horribly wrong; the Zener Children have been horribly murdered, Jayne Wilde has been committed to an asylum, Colonel Stark and the [=WinterICE=] team have been disgraced, and John's been confined to the Osiris Research facility. Plus, with the tissue samples taken from both the Children and John, many units of psychic soldiers are in production...]]
** And that's not even the worst. In the original [[spoiler:vision, Jayne and the team were wiped out in Dubrensk. He manages to change the outcome]].
* [[BigBad Ultimecia's]] [[VillainWorld time period]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Possibly. The StableTimeLoop means that the future Ultimecia comes from is guaranteed to happen - but just ''how'' bad a future it's going to be is the subject of some debate, since the player only sees Ultimecia's castle and its immediate surroundings, and [[BadassArmy SeeD]] is evidently right on her doorstep.
** It's also technically not a bad ''future'', as the effects of time compression make it impossible to really understand when it is and why.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' features the mission "In Utter Darkness", which is basically a playable peek into a Bad Future. Basically, [[spoiler:in this other timeline Kerrigan was killed by the Terrans and/or Protoss, leaving the way open for the [[EldritchAbomination Dark]] [[UltimateEvil Voice]], a being that the [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]] and even the frickin' Overmind feared, to emerge and take control of them. He and his freakish Protoss[=/=]Zerg Hybrids proceed to use the Zerg to completely annihilate every other sentient being in the galaxy, including humanity. The Protoss are [[LastStand the last to go]]. And then once he's done with them, Dark Voice [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness promptly obliterates the Zerg as well]].]]
* SpaceQuest Twelve as depicted in ''SpaceQuest IV''. Vohaul's taken over Xenon's MasterComputer. Killer droids patrol the abandoned streets. any living being is taken and [[AndIMustScream given a lobotomy, then fitted with a contraption that permanently holds their eyelids open]]. Roger's KidFromtheFuture is a battle-hardened veteran of LaResistance, and implies that Roger (and Beatrice) do not live to see him grow up. Worse, Roger is sent back to his own timeline, and can ''remember'' what he saw, [[StabletimeLoop but has no way to prevent it.]]
* The ''EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction'' expansion pack deals with this. The players are sent through the Plane of Time to a period where Norrath had been destroyed by the Legion of Mata Muram- creatures born of sheer chaos. The Gods have been killed, the moons of Luclin and Drinal both destroyed with Norrath, and the sun is about to go nova. The only remaining living creatures are a single tree and Zebuxoruk, the God of Knowledge. He explains that it's the adventurer's responsibility- and the future's only hope- to restore Norrath by traveling back to certain points in time to make sure that history does not deviate from how it originally played out. Meanwhile, ''EverQuest 2'' has a heritage quest involving time travel to a ''past'' where clockworks had taken over the entire world just because one person got his hands on a particular robe.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Link is taken forward from present to future, the latter being an era in which Ganon rules over Hyrule.
** ''[[WordOfGod Hyrule Historia]]'' says that ''Ocarina of Time'' causes a BadFuture after the end. In an alternate timeline where Link loses against Ganondorf in the final battle, he gets the complete Triforce and the Imprisoning War begins, leading to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' and the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI NES]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink games]].
** Inverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' -- it's the ''past'' that's a CrapsackWorld. It's played straight with Symmetry City. In the Bad Future/Present, it stays a ruined LethalLavaLand until you retrieve and fix a certain artifact to prevent a local cataclysm from happening.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' plays with this trope. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, where a GreatFlood destroyed Hyrule in an attempt to stop Ganon. However, the events of the game suggest Ganondorf is finally KilledOffForReal, which means that while Hyrule and its legends may be lost forever, the people who survived may no longer have to fear his ongoing cycle of terror. (Which continues with relative frequency in the child timeline.)
* Creating a Time Machine and using it to go to the fifth time from the selection in ''SuperScribblenauts'' will send you to a ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}''-esque Bad Future.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', you're basically doing this in the short term, per character, by preventing them from dying. [[spoiler:You're actually already IN the Bad Future, but don't realize it until the end, when you get to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong...and you wouldn't even have bothered if not for Ray's intervention. And Ray comes from an ''even worse'' Bad Future, where he failed to convince Sessel to help and absolutely everyone remained dead.]] More details can be had at the AlternateTimeline entry.
* This ''was'' to be the future of AsheronsCall canon in ''[=AC2=]: Fallen Kings'', but with the death of [=AC2=] and the subsequent abandonment of its story, the future of Dereth remains a mystery.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has this in the form of [[spoiler:Abyssea, where the player's alternate self failed to defeat the final boss, who then proceeded to not only absorb them and Selh'teus, but also turned the skies red and overran the world with monsters to extinguish all life on the planet.]]
* In ''{{Rift}}'', Defiant player characters start out in Terminus. [[BigBad Regulos]] has essentially [[TheBadGuyWins won]], and is about to [[OmnicidalManiac snuff out what's left of the world]]; several major [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] are dead or [[FaceHeelTurn have turned traitor]]. (Of course, [[CosmicRetcon the activation of the Failsafe]] [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong prevents this]] from ever actually ''happening'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'', Noel comes from a future in which Cocoon falls 500 years from Serah's time, and pretty much kills most of the human populace. The remaining survivors dwindle, until 200 years later, when Noel is the only one left. The point of the game is to stop his future from happening. [[spoiler: They do manage to fix the future, and stop cocoon from falling, and thus erasing the future that Noel came from. Unfortunately, when they defeat the Big Bad and fix the future, the goddess Etro dies due to the Big Bad having her heart. This causes time itself to be destroyed and TheBadGuyWins.]]
** Particularly illustrative example is the Academia city in the year 400 AF in the original timeline and in the year 4XX AF (a timeline "forked" by Noel and Serah's actions). In the former, it's a FilmNoir-slash-CyberPunk-ish metropolis whose management AI [[spoiler:has gone bonkers, secretly assassinated its creators three centuries ago, and starts indiscriminately turning inhabitants into monsters to attack Serah and Noel the moment they arrive]]. In the latter, it is a sunny CrystalSpiresAndTogas utopia where the worst that can happen to you is tripping and falling on your face (and boy, do the local kids do that a lot).
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem: Zero Hour'' features both a bad future, where most of civilization has been [[AfterTheEnd wiped out in a nuclear war]], and a bad "alternate present".
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''... [[spoiler: Lucina and her fellow Children Characters are from one, where the BigBad Grima killed and [[GrandTheftMe took over the PlayerCharacter's body]], destroyed everything and killed just about every character in front of their eyes. It's so bad that every one of them, save for the enigma, Morgan, is a kind of ''ShellShockedSenior'' in one way or another when they show up in the present, thanks to time travel, trying to fix things enough so said bad future won't take place. (Don't ask about Morgan. His/her past is one big NoodleIncident.)]]
** And later [[spoiler: there is a 3-part DLC map, called ''Future Past'', where we actally ''get to see a world that succumbed to a similar but even worse bad future'' and try to fix what's left of it. (And ''both Morgans show up as mid bosses'' - and you can only rescue one of them.) If the player takes the right decisions and strategies, Lucina and the Children Characters of said world will manage to perform a ritual that kills that future's Grima so, with Tiki as the new Naga, they can begin to rebuild their home.]]
* In the game ''[[{{VideoGame/Puppetshow}} Puppetshow: Return to Joyville]]'', the detective succeeds in preventing Felicia and her father from a StartOfDarkness, but the Collector's Edition bonus chapter reveals that [[spoiler:Joyville has deteriorated even worse because Crick, the delusional BigBad, had survived and practically destroyed Joyville with an army of puppets and robots. Felicia and the remaining townspeople have become prisoners in their own homes, and she pleads the detective to save her father, who was imprisoned in Crick's puppet factory and forced to design the puppets that control the town.]]
* This is what ''[[{{VideoGame/infamous}} Kessler]]'' was trying to avoid. [[spoiler:In his timeline, an unstoppable harbringer of death and destruction rose up and destroyed the world.]] Of course depending on how successful he was on preparing, either [[spoiler:the world will end with no conduits, or turn his past self into said harbringer of destruction.]]
* Halfway through ''MissionCritical'', the player activates the alien device on Persephone. The nanomachines build some sort of device that, when activated, sends the player to Earth decades in the future, after a devastating RobotWar. Humans are all but wiped out by a war they started against the [[EnergyBeings ELFs]], but the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] has activated a doomsday device that will collapse the [[HyperspaceLanes Tal-Seto network]] and destroy everything in it, after sending a sublight colony ship to a system not on the network. The [=ELFs=] are determined to send you back to before the start of the game in order to help TheAlliance win the war and prevent the BadFuture. The player succeeds and then opts to jump forward in time again to see the results. In the good future, the Alliance has won the war, created the [=ELFs=] and is peacefully working with them. With their help, Earth has been turned into a DysonSphere with humans living on the inside and [=ELFs=] living on the outside (they don't need air or sunlight). However, the player muses that the [=ELFs=] are rapidly evolving and will, eventually, leave humans behind.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'''s Into The Future Expansion Pack, it's possible to create one of these.

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the first episode of the second season features a destroyed Hinamizawa, an aging Oishii going back there to find out what went wrong accompanied by a grieving, regretful Akasaka and a broken, nigh catatonic, middle- aged Rena.
** There's also the one where we find that [[spoiler:one month after the events of Tatarigoroshi-hen]], Keiichi tries to kill himself, gets locked up in an insane asylum, and we get that tape of the miserable wreck he became.
** In a continuation of the first example, Yoigoshi-hen is in its entirety a Bad Future from the way Tsumihoroboshi-hen was "supposed" to end.
* In a series with plenty of {{Bad Ending}}s, the third arc of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' leads to a BadFuture that is inextricably tied to the fourth arc thanks to the miracle of TimeTravel [[spoiler:[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane (or maybe not)]]]]. [[spoiler: By the end of the series, it's clear that this particular future is in fact ''the'' future in this series, with no way to avoid it happening. Despite everything that happens, though, there is [[BittersweetEnding an undercurrent of happiness]] at the end.]]
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' has two: time travel research by [[spoiler:CERN leads to a dystopian future ruled by them]]. The protagonists actions prevents this and inadvertently ensures [[spoiler: that ''every country in the world'' gets time travel, which touches off a hellish World War 3.]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}: Infinity'''s time travel plot has the player jumping between timelines in order to prevent destruction of the universe via EldritchAbomination. Along the way, there are three paths that lead to bad endings, [[NewWorldTease with previews of parts of the final stage]].
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* NewVindicators has several of these. First, there's the future of Hikari's alternate dimension-where Apocatasis wins and rules most of the world. Then, there's the one where Jason Lamperouge has manipulated most of the heroes and villains in one way or another and culminates in the death of most of the Vindicators, Jason himself, and a few others dimension hopping and unable to get back. Lastly, there's the far future where Sol Invictus, an immortal Neo-Sapien, rules over an empire with his family, the Pantheon, as god kings. Humans are treated as second class citizens, and by the time Sol Invictus is eventually stopped, most of the heroes are dead as well.
* One of ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' christmas episodes parodies A Christmas Carol by having the Ghosts of the Past, Present and Future Christmas show the Nerd his never ending cycle of getting tortured by bad games, beginning with his childhood. The last ghost (which turns out to be Dracula from Simon's Quests) shows the Nerd a ''bad future'' in which he continued to complain about games all the way up to the Wii, even starting to enjoy it.
* ''Website/TheOnion'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKC21wDarBo Future News From the Year 2137]]. Wyoming nuked itself by popular referendum after gay marriage was legalized, there is one Palestinian and one Israeli left on Earth in the Gaza Scrap, and the United States is building a particle accelerator to create a black hole in the Earth to end everyone's suffering.
-->''Zesty Lewis'': Meanwhile, criticalism is piling up near the president, who was voted into office for a sixth time [[PresidentEvil primarily because he promised to kill us all]].
-->''President Performance H. Wilson'': YOU DON'T NEED A BUNCH OF EMPTY PROMISES! [[OmnicidalManiac YOU NEED TO DIE! DO YOU WANT TO DIE? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! DO YOU WANT TO DIE]]? (cheering)
-->''Lewis'': President's Wilsons approval ratings have gone down steadily since the delays, excepting a small rise when he personally murdered 7,000 people with a hatchet.
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the demon KZK takes over the world and inflicts horrible torments on humanity, such as making everyone watch a stage production of ''GilligansIsland'' with Torg as the Professor. Berk and Dr. Schlock traveled back in time to prevent this, and were seemingly successful. However, since KZK is NotQuiteDead, it may still take over the world at some future date.
** Then there's the 4U City world, where HappinessIsMandatory and dissidents are beamed into AnotherDimension at the drop of a hat. Technically, it appears to be an AlternateUniverse, not TimeTravel related, but it's clearly foreshadowed in the main universe, where [[MegaCorp Hereti-Corp's]] master-plan is steadily leading up to the same technological developments that will create it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: John gets killed by his denizen because he fought it much earlier than intended, thanks to following the advice of Terezi. Jade is presumed dead because she was unable to enter the Medium before a gigantic meteor struck her island. The game is now {{Unwinnable}} without them. [[FutureBadass Future!Dave]] [[TimeMaster reverses time]] and goes back to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by warning John.]]
** {{Bad Future}}s are also really easy to create in the world of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Didn't run a certain computer virus? [[spoiler: One of your best friends goes crazy about a month ahead of schedule and kills you and your entire team horribly!]] Let an old rival go because you couldn't bring yourself to kill her? [[spoiler: Wind up killed by the demon said rival wanted to fight!]] Made a mistake during [[ItMakesSenseInContext frog-breeding]]? [[spoiler: Somehow wind up ruining everything!]] Due to the sheer ease that players can doom themselves, every session has a player with the ability to manipulate time. Aradia, the troll's Hero of Time wound up with this trope so many times she was able to make an army - which turned out being essential to defeating the Black King.
** For Time players, this is the result of not keeping {{Stable Time Loop}}s Stable, since any divergence from the main "Alpha" timeline[[note]]''(not to be confused with the Alpha universe or the Alpha session)''[[/note]] will inevitably result in the timeline in question being destroyed and everyone in it dying along with everything else. [[spoiler: [[TheHero John]], however, recently obtained the power to [[{{Retcon}} alter events in canon]] without dooming a give timeline.]]
-->DAVE: the thing is\\
DAVE: being a time guy\\
DAVE: like actually MASTERING time travel\\
DAVE: im pretty sure what that involves is\\
DAVE: learning to never use it
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', there's a BadFuture in which superintelligent dinosaurs rule the world and most of the characters are either dead or part of LaResistance.
** There's actually '''hundreds''' of bad futures. Chuck Goodrich came to the past the first time around to prevent the ZombieApocalypse, but instead ended up branching the universe into a split timeline where another Chuck Goodrich comes to the past to prevent his own future, and so on. Because if the zombies don't destroy the future, the robotic vacuum cleaners will, and if they don't, then the superintelligent dinosaurs will.
* In ''PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', [[spoiler:there's at least one timeline where Megaville and everyone in it are slaughtered due to one of the heroes performing a FaceHeelTurn. Said timeline is explored in a spinoff to its sister comic, ''GrimTalesFromDownBelow''.]]
* Seeing one of these with ''her'' as the cause is what starts off Kendra's FaceHeelTurn in ''Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace''. In said BadFuture Kendra would lead other {{Magical Girl}}s to destoy all villains and then TakeOverTheWorld, supposedly for its own good.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has one of these, through not in the main comic, but on Othar’s twitter. Apparently in this future Lucerezia [[spoiler: manages to take over Agatha’s body for good]] and marries mind-controlled Klaus, gaining control over Europa. Many years later Europa is completely deserted, with only a handful of survivors hiding in the remote corners of the continent.
* In ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'', Earth is in poverty and the galaxy is ruled by a corrupt government that hunts down kids.
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' did this in the ''A Sitch in Time'' movie.
* ''GIJoe'' did this once; for more info, see RushmoreRefacement.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' did this in "Trapper Keeper," "Goobacks," and the "Go God Go" TwoPartEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ended up here when they approached the speed of light. The future they found themselves in was when where their absence had caused the world to grow gradually worse until [[{{Satan}} Him]] was able to take over, transforming it into a blasted wasteland where all of the inhabitants of Townsville we see have long since been driven mad (such as the Professor obsessively trying to recreate the girls while haunted by hallucinations, Ms. Bellum ranting about how the girls disappeared while guarding the Mayor's hat and sash which are all that remain of him, and Ms. Keane standing in the ruins of the kindergarten [[MadnessMantra repeating the last thing she did before the girls vanished]]). Then they went backwards again, preventing it -- the future was bad only because they'd been absent in the years between.
** A few clues on ''Samurai Jack'' suggest that Aku's tyranny will take place centuries after the era of the ''Powerpuff Girls''. Conversely, this means that Jack and Aku's home time is in their ''past...''
* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' movie subverts this. Mandark takes over the world, but we are told from the beginning of the movie that the future was saved, and even see the final (happy) ending before the DarkestHour.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had one, but that's a subversion because it was an ''illusion'' - not real. Which is good, because ''Gargoyles'' time travel runs on a StableTimeLoop rule - if it had been real, it would have been unchangeable.
** Puck: "Was it a dream...? Or a prophecy?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series did this once.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' Movie "WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy": Danny finds out that [[FutureMeScaresMe he "will" become a rampaging]] [[PsychoForHire sadistic sociopath]] who would ''gladly'' and ''gleefully'' [[AxCrazy murder his mother, his father, his sister, his two best friends]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and his English teacher]] to [[MagnificentBastard protect his own existance]] and also happens to be the [[BigBad strongest]] ghost on the planet. He killed his ''[[OurGhostsAreDifferent human self]]'' and hinted to have killed [[OmnicidalManiac many, MANY more]]. All of it was because he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero got pretty much caught cheating on a test]] and his ensuing SurvivorsGuilt; which itself was caused by a StableTimeLoop only broken by [[TimeMaster Clockwork]] stepping in to sever said loop. The good sides? Vlad was reformed, which did not happen in the real timeline, tragically; and for all the bad in that future, it did give present!Danny access to a powerful ghost ability his future self had ''just perfected'', and it did let Danny know that his older sister discovered (and, more importantly, accepted) the fact that he was half-ghost. It is never explained whether that future remained inevitable after the events in the movie…
* Donatello winds up in one of these in the 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon in the episode ''Same as It Never Was''. To list it all: Shredder takes over the world. The survivors are forced to work 18 hours a day in labor camps. The grounds are patrolled by gestapo-like agents and the skies are filled with patrolling mecha and blimps with Shredders face on it. Splinter and Casey Jones are dead. The Turtles started fighting among themselves. Michelangelo lost an arm. When Donatello arrives and rallies the turtles for one final battle, Leo, Mikey, Raph, Hun, Baxter, Karai and Shredder all die. This episode alone has a higher body count than the rest of the series combined.
** Depending on who you ask, [[ExecutiveMeddling Fast Forward]] is [[RecycledINSPACE bad future]].
* "Time and Punishment", a ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, has this happen when Gosalyn ends up taken to the future and sees it's run by a Fascist, FrankMiller -style version of her own father. [[spoiler:It was her disappearing in the present that drove him insane; her return was all that was needed to set things straight.]]
* A variant of this trope appears in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. The League, with the exception of Batman, were under the protection of Green Lantern's power field when changes wrought by a time-travelling Vandal Savage winning WWII overwrote the current Earth and replaced it with a BadFuture version with him as supreme EvilOverlord. They were therefore unaffected and able to use the time machine Savage used to go back to WWII to fix matters -- they even find that Earth's version of Batman on the way, who is the leader of LaResistance because his parents were killed for speaking out against Savage's regime.
** Another variant appears in the second season, where Superman is sent several thousand years into the future and finds himself on a ruined, depopulated and desolated Earth -- where he encounters Vandal Savage, who is immortal. Savage used Superman's absence to steal a device that allowed him to control gravity, which he lost control over and thus ruined the entire solar system, rendering the Earth a destroyed wasteland. Having had time to reflect on his errors, Savage willingly assists Superman in returning even at the cost of his own existence once that future is overwritten.
** Yet another variant occurs when an AlternateUniverse TheFlash, a member of the [[EvilCounterpart Justice Lords]] is killed by then [[PresidentEvil president]] LexLuthor, [[ForWantOfANail causing the Justice Lords]] to [[BerserkButton go rogue and kill him, in the oval office]]. This resulted in a BadFuture and a subsequent [[TheMultiverse universe crossover]], with the teams' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans different]] but [[KnightTemplar similar]] moralities causing them to come to blows.
** Let's face it, this show loves this plot. The second of a two part episode sees Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Batman travel into the future chasing a time villain, Chronos, where they meet [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry [=McGinnis=] i.e. the current Batman]] who along with an older [[StaticShock Static]] and the elderly Bruce Wanye are the only pockets of resistance left to face against him and his enhanced Jokerz gang who have all but wiped out the Justice League.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' did this in "Brave New Metropolis"; Lois finds herself in a Metropolis ruled by Lex Luthor, with Superman as his superpowered enforcer, having gone KnightTemplar after [[spoiler:failing to save his dimension's Lois from a car bomb]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' episode "A Bright and Shiny Future", the heroes are sent into a world where the Metallikats have taken over, thanks to a LegionOfDoom alliance with the Pastmaster.
* ''MegasXLR'' pulled this in the series finale. The local power is not the Glorft, as might be expected (Gorrath's dead); instead, Coop discovers at the end of part one that this world is ruled by [[spoiler:an EvilOverlord version of Coop himself]].
* ''SamuraiJack'': The entire premise of the show is that the main character is flung into a BadFuture and tries to return to his own time.
* The first season finale of ''ReBoot'' temporarily dropped Dot into a Mainframe where she had given up on a Game, Bob had been nullified as a result, and Megabyte was in firm control of the system. The whole point ([[AWizardDidIt Phong did it]] somehow) was apparently to convince her just how imperative it was that she not give up. It worked.
** Later, near the end of the third season, Enzo and [=AndrAIa=] found Mainframe even more like a traditional Bad Future, where they had been gone for what amounted to years, with a struggling [[LaResistance resistance]] against Megabyte's rule added in... except this time, it was ''real''.
* ''[[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius]]'' had this in "The Tomorrow Boys". Carl was an outlaw, Sheen was a garbage-surfer, and Jimmy was a loser married to Cindy. And [[spoiler: thanks to Carl, Libby took over the world.]]
* ''CaptainPlanet'' had several Bad/Dark Future episodes as well, in the first case it dealt with general social/environmental decay caused by Wheeler's desire/decision to leave the Planeteers (thus rendering them unable to summon the eponymous hero to stop Hoggish Greedly from ruining the world).
** In the second the World's Summit gets sabotaged by Zarm and the other eco-villains, the ENTIRE WORLD went down the crapper as said eco-villains ran rampant destroying everything for fun, profit, whatever. Zarm adds insult to injury by having the Planeteers experience the world themselves while laughing about it AND holding a rapidly aging Gaia hostage.
** The third one was also one set 100 years from the present where the descendants of the Eco Villains are in charge and the world is a complete waste dump.
* Spoofed by (naturally) ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in a ''TreehouseOfHorror'' short where Homer is flung back in time and [[ButterflyOfDoom proceeds to accidentally destroy various pre-historical creatures]], creating a series of {{Bad Future}}s starting with one where Ned Flanders is the undisputed and absolute ruler of the world.
** There's also the Future episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. To wit: trees have apparently gone extinct, there was a WorldWarIII, and the United States has gone bankrupt. Of course, because of the ComicBookTime in effect, the present has caught up at least one of those futures, wherein Lisa got married. She's still eight years old.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine And The X-Men}}'' is mostly about the characters trying to avert the future Professor X finds himself in: two parts "Here Comes Tomorrow", one part Bishop's future, three parts "Days of Future Past", and all parts depressing. And once they succeed [[spoiler: it's replaced by a world that looks very much like the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse]]. At least Professor X still has his house in this future.
* And speaking of Bishop, in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon Bishop originally came from the "Days of Future Past", or something very like it, but ''every'' attempt he made to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong seemed to make things ''worse'' (Cable's Apocalypse-ruled future, for instance.)
* ''GodzillaTheSeries'' had the crew mysteriously transported into the future, where a race of wasp-like monsters created by a MadScientist had basically caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt- Godzilla had died fighting them, and the last remaining cast member (and his RobotBuddy) was a FutureBadass. Naturally, they travel back to prevent it, using knowledge and [[{{BFG}} weapons]] from the future.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", time travel shenanigans lead to a future where creativity has been banned, [[AndIMustScream children are all stored in]] PeopleJars until adulthood, and Perry the Platypus was incapacitated long enough for Doofenshmirtz to TakeOverTheWorld.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon had this trope in the episode 'Future Shock'. Interestingly, Wily hadn't taken over completely at the insistence of Protoman, who wanted rebellions to crush. Things were still pretty bad, though.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' episode "Time Heals," [[spoiler: Gwen herself accidentally creates a future (or rather, present) ruled by Hex when she goes back in time to save Kevin from mutating when the Omnitrix is hacked in the season premiere.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever", [[TheHeart Starfire]] accidentally travels to one of these when she tackles the villain Warp, ending up twenty years in a future where she hadn't been seen since that day. The Titans have separated. Cyborg is rusted and isolated from everyone, due to wear and tear forcing him to replace his battery with a heavy generator, trapping him in the remains of Titan's Tower. Beast Boy failed ''miserably'' as a solo hero, felt into a deep depression, and becomes a circus entertainer. Raven is locked up in an asylum for hallucinating. It's never stated what caused her to be locked up in a mental ward, but considering [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the danger]] [[TheLegionsOfHell of her]] [[OhCrap losing control]] [[DemonicPossession of her emotions]], she likely had herself committed for the good of the world. Hallucinations would result from a combination of years of isolation and regular sedatives. And, finally, Robin becomes a less charming version of [[FutureBadass Nightwing]] than he would normally be, had a HeroicBSOD, and completely refused to associate with anyone else ever again.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is generally a subversion, with some aspects being bad and some being good, much like the present. However, in an episode featuring a time machine that can only go forward, the characters visit a BadFuture in which robots are destroying all of humanity.
** Bender, however, thought it was an excellent future. Did you see the view from the [[NothingButSkulls mountain of skulls]]?
** In "The Cryonic Woman," Fry and Michelle, his girlfriend, end up in the year 4000, where it's nothing but a barren wasteland whose only known inhabitants were a gang of children with guns. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it was actually only two days in the future, and they were actually in Los Angeles.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode "Father Time", Timmy melts his dad's trophy with heat vision. He goes back in time to make sure his dad doesn't win it in a race; he comes in last place, winning a trip to dictator school. Returning to his future, his dad is the ruler of the world. Timmy goes back in time again and wins the race while impersonating his dad.
** There was also the tv movie Channel Chasers which featured one ruled by Vicky.
* ''ArgaiTheProphecy'' has Queen Dark ruling over 2075.
* In ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "It's About Time" Kowalski comes back in time to warn Private and then Skipper. Private's dream of the perfect future is a little different to Skipper's dream...
**
-->'''Future Kowalski 1:''' Private, can you think of one time I have played a trick or told a joke?
-->'''Private:''' You really are from the future! Tell me, am I living in a cottage in Novaskoscha happily married with one egg and another on the way?
-->'''Future Kowalski 1:''' Uh... no.
-->'''Private:''' Aw...
**
-->'''Skipper:''' There's two of you? You're from the future! Tell me, does the Earth become a post-apocalyptic wasteland terrorised by roaming bands of irradiated mutants?! ''(punches one flipper into another eagerly)''
-->'''Future Kowalski 2:''' Uh... no.
-->'''Skipper:''' Oh...
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Back to the Pilot", Stewie and Brian [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin travel to the first episode of the series]] in order for Brian to find where he buried a tennis ball. While there, Brian warns his past self about 9/11. When they get home, Brian is hailed as a hero for foiling the terrorist plot. Stewie is outraged, as he specifically warned Brian about changing the past. At the same time, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, who has lost the 2004 presidential election and has once again become the Governor of Texas, declares the secession of Texas and several other Southern states, sparking another Civil War. Brian still maintains that, in five years time, it'll all work out. They jump into the future and see that the United States has been destroyed by a nuclear war between the states. Anyone leaving the house has to put on a radiation suit and arm themselves.
** Inverted in an episode where Peter goes back in time and fails to hook up with Lois. As a result, AlGore wins the 2000 election, and the world is a [[TheJetsons Jetson]]-like utopia. When Brian finds out, he begs Peter not to try to get back with Lois.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Twilight Sparkle meets her future self who's decked in black, wearing an eye patch, and has a DarkerAndEdgier hairstyle, and she attempts to tell her something before quickly fading away. [[spoiler: It turns out that everything that gave Twilight her scary future look were mostly self-inflicted injuries, nothing bad happened in the future, and her future self was just trying to tell her ''not'' to worry about anything happening in the future. Twilight just couldn't shut up long enough for her to deliver the message. And then after learning this, [[StableTimeLoop she tries going back in time to tell her past self this information with predictable results.]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Is there some sort of epic pony war in the distant future or something?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Future Twilight:''' Actually, I'm from next Tuesday morning.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'', Cody, Frankie, and the Bots are accidentally sent back to 1939 with Doc Greene's robot, Dither. When they return to their own time, they leave [[TimelineAlteringMacguffin Dither]] behind. This leads to a future where Doctor Morocco rules Griffin Rock with an iron fist and an army of Morbots, Chief Burns is a janitor, his three oldest children are auto mechanics(and the four of them are members of [[LaResistance the resistance]]), Cody doesn't exist, and Doc Greene doesn't live in Griffin Rock.
* ''The New Adventures of Anime/SpeedRacer'' depicts the year 2078 as this - the pollution is so high that everything is covered in dirt and the sky is permanently clouded, the downfall of the society can be seen on the streets and in violent DeathRace like sports, and regular people are minority among robots and mutants (those who have not managed to stay clear from toxic wastelands). There is also a brief mention of "[[NoodleIncident The big spill]]", and [[TheNineties the present day]] is referred to as the times from before it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'''s BigDamnMovie ''Big Boogie Adventure'' had one of these at the start where Boogie Man sends two robot clones of Billy and Mandy to make sure it happens. We're initially lead to believe it's because the heroes fail to stop the Boogie man from getting [[MacGuffin Horror's Hand]], but right at the end of the movie, when Mandy is holding the gauntlet, a future Billy appears and says that Mandy is the dark lord, and Grim snatches it away from her. Then, at the very ''very'' end it's revealed that the bad future still happened, and the lord of darkness is revealed to be [[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Fred]] [[TheDitz Fredburger]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Impulse comes from one of these. [[spoiler: He came back in time on a one-way trip to stop it by saving the Flash's life. It didn't work.]]
** That is, [[spoiler: Impulse saved the Flash's life from when Flash died in Impulse's time. But the future didn't change, it was still as bad as when he left, meaning that the Flash could still (and probably would) die anyway at some other point. On the plus side, Neutron got a new set of clothes.]]
** [[spoiler: Turns out that the Flash was a bonus, not the main objective. The main reason Impulse came back was to stop Blue Beetle becoming the BigBad. So far, Impulse has informed Blue Beetle of his future and they've kept his Scarab from being rebooted, but only time will tell if they succeed in keeping Jaime and the Scarab from being turned by the Reach.]]
* ''TheSecretSaturdays'': In "The Return of Tsun 'Kalu", Tsun 'Kalu gives Zak visions of a future where he has completely embraced his Kur nature and uses his control of cryptids to wipe out humanity.
* WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex: Rex is transported 6 months into the future by Breach. The BigBad is gone, but he finds his Providence under new management by Black Knight who's more of a KnightTemplar than White Knight, the previous boss. Wild EVO creatures are put under mind control and his friends have all gone missing. Rex initially believes he's in a bad future, even noting his brother has grown a goatee (and has dropped the Heroic and Comedic from his HeroicComedicSociopath nature). By the end of the episode, Rex comes to terms that this is his future and he's here to stay, so he joins the defect group with his friends.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol]]'', the Smurf of Christmas Future shows Grouchy what his hatred of Christmas will cause when he reveals that on Christmas Day, all the Smurfs will be captured by Gargamel.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "Ahead of our Own Tone'' Corey, Laney, and Kon travel one year ahead (Only to have the time machine smashed by Trina) where Cell-Borgs run amuck, Cyborg!Trina has become the EvilOverlord, and the reason why Kin grew a beard is because he "went a little nuts!"
* WesternAnimation/DangerMouse and Penfold are whisked by a thunderstorm to the year 5001 A.D. in "Planet Of The Cats," where London in under a police state dictated by a race of felines. A future relative of Baron Greenback, calling himself "Big Leo" rules the cats from an undisclosed location. Not even the cats know it's a frog from whom they're taking orders.
* The first part of XiaolinShowdown's two-part series finale has Omi freeze himself and winding up in a Bad Future where [[TeamRocketWins Jack Spicer has taken over the world]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' episode "[=CatDog=] 3001" or alternatively titled "Future [=CatDog=]" Cat taunted Winslow to exercise indefinitely for one thousand years. Then after that time span a descendant of Winslow named Winslow the 38th ruled a dystopian Nearburg.
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